Shane is currently serving as the Executive Director of Liberty Hill, following four years as Vice President and Director of Programs. Shane will begin her new role on December 1, 2013.
Kafi D. Blumenfield, Liberty Hill’s President and CEO since 2007, will remain at the helm through November 30, 2013 to assist with the transition.
As Executive Director, and previously as Vice President and Director of Programs, Ms. Goldsmith has been responsible for the day-to-day oversight of Liberty Hill’s programs – including the Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change and its recently launched Commissions Training program, the Fund for Change (Liberty Hill’s grantmaking arm), and Liberty Hill’s Common Agenda campaigns. She has also directed Liberty Hill’s operations and finance departments.
Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Ms. Goldsmith was the Executive Director of PATH
Ventures, an affordable housing development agency. Prior to that, she served as a senior advisor on then-City Council President Eric Garcetti’s staff for four years overseeing a variety of field and legislative projects, including housing, economic development, the city budget, public safety, and LGBTQ issues. In addition, Ms. Goldsmith ran the Council District 13 Leadership Institute.
A graduate of Kenyon College, Ms. Goldsmith spent a year as a National Hunger Fellow managing a homeless shelter while doing federal policy research in both Indiana and Washington, D.C. In 1999, she returned to her hometown of Santa Monica, California to further her efforts in community organizing and community advocacy and worked with several organizations, including the Legal Aid Foundation in Los Angeles and the Washington, DC-based Center for Community Change. Ms. Goldsmith received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at Cal State Long Beach where she did her thesis on leadership development.
As a child, Ms. Goldsmith grew up relying on social security benefits. Her parents died while she and her brother were still children because the family did not have access to health care. “The need for social justice is very real for me,” Ms. Goldsmith said. “I understand what it is to work hard and still not have enough. I understand what it is to face discrimination. It’s why I’ve been a lifelong advocate for economic and racial justice. I silently thank my father every day for teaching me that the only way to make change is to fight. I am honored to be leading that fight for equality and opportunity through Liberty Hill, one of our country’s flagship foundations for social justice and progressive change.”
Ms. Goldsmith lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their two year-old son.
Celebrations to mark Kafi Blumenfield’s achievements and Shane Murphy Goldsmith’s new role at Liberty Hill are being planned. Details to come!